King Island achieves 100% renewables for 33 hours straight

Tasmania’s King Island was powered by 100 per cent renewable energy for a period of 33 hours non-stop this month – another huge milestone for the renewable energy system established on the island as part of a world-leading project by Hydro Tasmania.

First announced in 2012, the King Island Renewable Energy Integration Project (KIREIP) – a $18.25 million prototype off-grid power plant combining solar panels, wind turbines and energy storage technology – aimed to reduce the Bass Strait island’s reliance on diesel fuel and cut its energy costs by $4.5 million a year by providing 65 per cent of its energy needs from renewables; perhaps 100 per cent on windy days.

Although there are remote area power systems in some parts of the world that are capable of supplying the energy needs of single homes or small villages, this is the first remote system on this scale capable of supplying the power needs of an entire community, including industrial customers and an extensive distribution network, solely through wind and solar energy.

Hydro Tasmania is currently commercialising its off-grid energy solutions and exporting these to customers in Australia, and in due course to the Pacific and the South East Asia region.

One Step off the Grid: Sophie Vorrath: 12 Nov 2015

Key Words: Climate Change, technology
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